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Why Overheard Cell Phone Chats Are Annoying

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the they-drown-out-the-bark-of-my-gun dept.

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__roo writes "American researchers think they have found the answer to the question of why overhearing cell phone chats are annoying. According to scientists at Cornell University, when only half of the conversation is overheard, it drains more attention and concentration than when overhearing two people talking. According to one researcher, 'We have less control to move away our attention from half a conversation (or halfalogue) than when listening to a dialogue. Since halfalogues really are more distracting and you can't tune them out, this could explain why people are irritated.' Their study will be published in the journal Psychological Science."

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Common sense.. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32286464)

We already knew this...

Re:Common sense.. (5, Insightful)

Redlazer (786403) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287066)

Which completely and totally removes any and all need to do a study.

If only they would have asked you first.

Psychological Science? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32286468)

Psychology is not science.

Re:Psychological Science? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32286724)

Any double blind, well constructed study is science. Deal with it.

Re:Psychological Science? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32286850)

That is only your opinion.

Paying researchers (-1, Troll)

drachenstern (160456) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286470)

to come up with answers we already knew?

Re:Paying researchers (0, Offtopic)

burkmat (1016684) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286658)

Stop replying this to every story about scientists finding something you thought you knew.

Everyone knew the Sun rotates around the earth.

Re:Paying researchers (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286662)

You didn't know that. You may have thought it. Those are different things.

Re:Paying researchers (4, Insightful)

enjerth (892959) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286974)

I knew it, I'll go one bit further than their study goes. It's because your mind tries to fill the gaps in the conversation. It's not simply because you only hear one side of the conversation that it disrupts your concentration, but specifically, your mind is busy trying to imagine what's going on on the other end of the call.

Re:Paying researchers (0, Flamebait)

Redlazer (786403) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287078)

That's pretty interesting.

It even sounds reasonable.

Proof?

Oh, riiiiiiiiight. You have none. Until then, it what scientists like to call a (in this case, poor) "Hypothesis".

It couldn't possibly be because (5, Insightful)

sh00z (206503) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286476)

people talk so damn loud on their cell phones, could it?

Re:It couldn't possibly be because (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286682)

That's not true of a lot of people. Based on this research, you may perceive it has being louder because you are giving it more attention.

Some people are jack asses and speak too loudly.

Re:It couldn't possibly be because (5, Funny)

miggyb (1537903) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286742)

Clearly, the only solution is to have everyone speaking on speakerphone. That way, no attention is drained since you're listening to the entire conversation.

Re:It couldn't possibly be because (1)

shmlco (594907) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287086)

Actually, there was another report that I'm not going to bother to lookup, that said about half the people studied unconsciously speak about 50% louder than the ambient noise level when on the phone.

Note the "unconsciously" part. There's a good chance you're one of them.

Re:It couldn't possibly be because (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286964)

It's because the kind of ignorant vacuous people who walk around talking on their cell phone in public have ignorant vacuous conversations. Which the rest of us are annoyed to be exposed to.

There was a ditz like that at my last job. She'd walk around the hallways and into the breakroom having her 'daily crisis' with her husband or son on the phone.

What you find annoying (3, Interesting)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286480)

I find amusing. I can learn more about a person from being a creepy eavesdropper than most people can by conversing with that person.

Texting (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286832)

Could it be that "those damn youngsters" have this one right?...

Both when it comes to being rather discrete and maintaining privacy.

Also... (4, Interesting)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286492)

* They're usually talking louder than everyone else.
* They're not looking where they're walking.
* They're constantly shouting "WHAT DID YOU SAY?"
* They're unable to talk to you because they're distracted by another conversation

Re:Also... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32286642)

What I like to do in those situations is call a friend on my cell phone, talk real loud and say "I'm being forced to listen to some idiot's cell phone conversation. The guy thinks he's real cool although no one cares what he has to say". It doesn't stop the fool from talking, garners a dirty look but gives me some satisfaction.

Re:Also... (3, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286698)

* They're usually talking louder than everyone else.
* They're not looking where they're walking.
* They're constantly shouting "WHAT DID YOU SAY?"
* They're unable to talk to you because they're distracted by another conversation

That looks like a list of bias confirmations.

Well done.

Re:Also... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32286786)

"That looks like a list of bias confirmations.

Well done."

The above looks like a meaningless attempt at refutation.

If you have nothing better than snide remarks to offer, maybe
you ought to shut your computer down and read a book which
explains how not to be a stupid asshole.

Re:Also... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32287010)

And your response looks like a confirmation that you are one of those obnoxious, loud talking assholes. Do everyone around you a favour and shut the fuck up.

Re:Also... (1)

Fantastic Lad (198284) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287324)

That looks like a list of bias confirmations.

Well done.

Bias against the notion that the universe contains only one person?

Confirmed.

Did your anti-psychotics roll under the couch or something? Your poise is melting. Again. (What was that you said just a moment ago about knifing people? [slashdot.org] )

This is a classic example of a twit in denial using ill-suited science lingo to squash an idea offensive to his tiny and ridiculous personal belief structure. Sorry, but everybody else on the planet knows exactly what their five senses and personal awareness are complaining about wrt cell phone idiots. I enjoyed this clip. [youtube.com]

-FL

Re:Also... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32286848)

The absolute best is people who go to cafes to attempt to video chat with people in foreign countries. It always goes miserably and consists of them leaning their head down towards their laptop, fidgeting with their computer, and yelling "can you hear me?" for about ten minutes before they start their overly-loud conversation. What amazes me most, besides the sheer inconsideration, is that they buy coffee or food in the cafe and yet can't afford to get fucking internet at home. That's some fucked up budgeting.

Re:Also... (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287284)

What amazes me most, besides the sheer inconsideration, is that they buy coffee or food in the cafe and yet can't afford to get fucking internet at home.

I think most of those people *DO* have internet access at home, but if you contact your "important foreign friend" at a cafe, then you can be a true poser, wannabe and a douche, all in one quick single effort.

It's kinda like a guy I knew about in high school. He walked around carrying a guitar, IN PUBLIC (mall, etc.). Some girls seemed to think it was cool (ie: the ones with really low self esteem, but they are the ones that usually smoke and poke). Thing is, he didn't know a single cord. So yes, he was a complete douche bag, but he was a douche bag that was working his way around the bases more often than the rest of us.

Re:Also... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32286946)

WHAT DID YOU SAY?

Backwards (2, Interesting)

ascari (1400977) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286494)

So by that token it would make more sense to ban cell phone use by passengers in a car than by the driver?

Re:Backwards (5, Informative)

cpirius (1002255) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286860)

It does not say that overhearing half a conversation takes more concentration then having a conversation yourself, it says that overhearing half a conversation takes more concentration than overhearing both sides of a conversation.

Its not so much predicting what he says next (1)

ickleberry (864871) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286498)

but trying to fill in the missing part of the conversation from scratch. I couldn't give two shits about what he is going to say next, except when I'm on a train and someone answers a call the next thing they invariably say is "I'm on the twain!@!!"

*orders parts for GSM/3G jammer*

Obvious Solution (5, Funny)

megli (649925) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286500)

The obvious solution is for everyone to use speaker-phone.

Re:Obvious Solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32286644)

The obvious solution is for everyone to use speaker-phone.

Yeah, like that stupid push-to-talk stuff Nextel came up with and it's annoying roger beep [cbradiomagazine.com] . There's no way only hearing one side is more annoying than that.

what a waste of research (1)

a2wflc (705508) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286502)

It's because the people I overhear are inconsiderate jerks with nothing useful to say and half of the conversation is 50% more than I'm interested in hearing.

Oh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32286510)

Oh really! She said what? ...

Well, damm. No way she could say that. ...

Did you try painting it with jello?

Re:Oh! (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286878)

A woman walking past me in a park: No you are not listening to me. Its over, get it? Don't call me. Throw away this number, got it?. Ends call. I think he got the picture.

Re:Oh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32287308)

How was breakfast...
Eggs right...
curled up around the edges huh...
well try jumping in the middle of it that usually works.

interesting research (2, Interesting)

blitzkrieg3 (995849) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286514)

I was just talking about this with my friend yesterday. She said that someone on the bus just looks over at a woman on her cell phone, and that another rider gave her the dirtiest look until he spoke up and said, 'please put away your cell phone' My friend thought the guy was rude, but I thought he was justified. Cell phones seriously irritate me. That's one good thing about riding the subway.

Re:interesting research (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286598)

But who says your personal preferences outweigh those of another?

And you don't have cell phone service in your subway? Do you live in the 80's?

Re:interesting research (2, Interesting)

nomadic (141991) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286666)

I agree with your first sentence. As to your second sentence, the NYC subways don't support cell phone service, and they're the only real subways anyway.

Re:interesting research (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286864)

The only real?

Re:interesting research (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32286958)

all the others are imaginary because the only real country in the world (that he is aware of) is the united shit of america : )

Re:interesting research (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287004)

Hells YEAH! All the others are Quiznos. And the real rathole towns are stuck with Blimpies.

Re:interesting research (1)

rrhal (88665) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286908)

Probably a good thing - Harder to remotely detonate bombs that way.

Re:interesting research (4, Insightful)

BasilBrush (643681) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286762)

But who says your personal preferences outweigh those of another?

It's not a one to one trade off. It's more like one person enjoying the phone call, 30 people being annoyed by it. It's just plain rude.

Re:interesting research (0, Flamebait)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286728)

Well if it irritates YOU, then it shouldn't be allowed~

Dumb ass.

Re:interesting research (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32287048)

"Well if it irritates YOU, then it shouldn't be allowed~"

If you talk on your phone when I am trying to enjoy a movie or a meal,
you might just get to find out what it feels like when a phone is shoved
up your ass.

Re:interesting research (1)

Fantastic Lad (198284) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287096)

Don't bother.

That creep is about as narcissistic as they come. I don't honestly think it can grasp what you are talking about.

-FL

Re:interesting research (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287338)

Because I feel someone else should be telling me I should talk on a phone in a public place I'm narcissistic?

Brilliant deduction~

Re:interesting research (4, Funny)

shitdrummer (523404) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286846)

When people chat loudly on a phone while on public transport, I like to comment on their conversation when they hang up.

Me: It sounds like Susan is a real drama queen. You should tell her to stop being so dramatic.
Phone person: What, were you listening in to my private conversation?
Me: Oh I'm sorry, I didn't realise it was private. I thought you wanted to involve everyone else on the train in your mindless pap.
Phone person: !!?!?

I don't mind people talking on phones when they need to. e.g. I'll be at the station in 20 mins, can you come pick me up? But why have full detailed conversations while on a packed bus/train?

Re:interesting research (3, Insightful)

eharvill (991859) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287142)

I don't mind people talking on phones when they need to. e.g. I'll be at the station in 20 mins, can you come pick me up? But why have full detailed conversations while on a packed bus/train?

Why does it matter either way? If that person on the other end of the phone were there, it would have been OK? I think the main problem is people speaking too loudly. That is definitely annoying, whether it's on a phone or in person. Same thing on an airplane, train, restaurant, sidewalk, etc. I have no problem with people speaking on the phone assuming they are using a "normal" volume to speak with. People speaking to each other excessively loud in person annoys me just as much.

Well, duh. (2, Interesting)

pem (1013437) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286518)

The brain unconsciously tries to make sense of conversation going on around it. Half-conversations are problematic; foreign languages are problematic.

I used to set in a cube next to a guy who was always talking on the phone in Chinese. It always gave me a headache, because of the double whammy of hearing half a conversation in a language that I don't understand.

Re:Well, duh. (4, Interesting)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286748)

Just a bit foreign languages (from one linguistic group) are actually more irritating, possibly. With totally foreign & unknown ones - they're just gibberrish. With related ones - there's constant trying to make sense out of something which doesn't have much of it, to you; trigerred by occasional words or even whole sentences which do sound "right"... (even if their true meaning is different)

Re:Well, duh. (1)

Cyberax (705495) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287300)

Hm.

I have an opposite situation - I can 'tune out' someone talking in English (it's not my native language) if I start thinking in Russian. Works great during boring meetings.

The same for Russian - I can tune it out by thinking in English, though it doesn't always work.

The most annoying part... (1)

ProdigyPuNk (614140) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286532)

...is trying to get information from someone while they're on the phone. You know how annoying it is at my part-time waiting gig trying to take an order from someone who won't put down the phone for the 10 seconds it takes to order ?

Re:The most annoying part... (1)

ImNotAtWork (1375933) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287112)

I work at a counter of sorts as well. I'm not sure if you can.. but what I do is I just walk away while looking them straight in the eye and slowly turn away. Then they refocus on the opportunity that they are about to lose (their time) and make the order. It's like taking a bone away from a medium to small size dog -- if you didn't have their attention before you do now.

Sigh (4, Informative)

tool462 (677306) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286534)

I'm pretty sure I remember coming across a news piece that said exactly this a good 10-20 years ago. The only thing I got out of this article is the word "halfalogue". Specifically, I added it to the List of Words I Must Never Utter. It sounds too much like Heffalump to ever be spoken in polite conversation. It joins other worthy contenders such as irregardless, paradigm, and "the cloud".

Paradigm is a perfectly cromulent word (4, Informative)

JoshuaZ (1134087) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286664)

Paradigm is a valid word. It is just painfully misused and overused. The word first came into wide use after Kuhn wrote "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions." In that book he argues that different branches of science go through successive paradigms which encompass their general framework for understanding their matter of study. The vast majority of science then occurs within these consensus attitudes. People now use paradigm in such a general way as to be close to meaningless. For example, people talk about technological paradigms which makes no sense in a Kuhnian framework. Similarly, people talk about paradigms in the humanities while Kuhn spent quite a bit of effort explaining and showing how the humanities don't form paradigms and undergo paradigm shifts in the same way at all, in that consensus never occurs for any overarching explanatory structure. Don't blame the word paradigm. Blame the people who use it as a buzzword.

Also, while I'm at it, I strongly recommend that any interested Slashdotter read Kuhn's book. He's an excellent writer who makes a strong case. I think he's incorrect but it is a very enjoyable read and one get's to learn a lot of neat historical facts that are often overlooked or not discussed in standard pop explanations of the history of science. He also wrote "The Copernican Revolution" which is also very readable and provides a very different view of the switch from geocentrism to heliocentrism then that which is often presented.

Re:Paradigm is a perfectly cromulent word (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287044)

Kuhn's book is awesome. More people should have a better understanding of the 'Philosophy of Science.' Kuhn presents one viewpoint, obviously, but it's an important topic to explore.

I saw a copy of Kuhn's book recently on a book table at an authentic white-trash flea market here in flyover land. I am talking about a velvet-painting-of-elvis type of flea market. It looked so out of place. I didn't buy it as I have my copy.

Re:Paradigm is a perfectly cromulent word (1)

Fantastic Lad (198284) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287068)

I think he's incorrect but it is a very enjoyable read and one get's to learn a lot of neat historical facts that are often overlooked or not discussed in standard pop explanations of the history of science.

What do you think he's incorrect about?

-FL

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32287060)

very true, especially since the "dia" in "dialog" has actually nothing to do with the number of participants. the greek prefix "dia-" stands for "through" making "dialog" translate into "through word(s)".

Yup... (4, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286536)

As heard at the supermarket.

Ring ring Hi hon ... Yeah just picking up some Cheerios ... Nope, haven't seen him ... You haven't either ... I hadn't heard about that ... Six of them, eh? Wow, he must have had raw thighs ... Really, I didn't know you could do that with motor oil ... Ignited you say ... Yeah, I think you have to wait 48 hours ... That's something she'll have to ask their insurance company ... Okay, home in a few.

Re:Yup... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32286874)

If it weren't for my horse, I wouldn't have spent that year in college.

A panapoly of concerns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32286580)

I think the world is starting to reach a point where they are realizing that cellphones are not an unalloyed good. It's important to think of your cellphone, should you own one, as an extension of your wired phone rather than a walkie-talkie. That is, learn to respect the space around you, and your own space as well, by removing the battery from your cellphone when you are out and about.

Besides representing a constant, if not always unwelcome, intrusion into your everyday life, a cellphone left on continuously could represent as much as an oil tanker worth of energy usage. It also broadcasts EM waves everywhere -- if everybody in the world used their cellphones at the same time, imagine the impact.

We've come a long way, baby, but at the end of the day we have to figure out how to make technology serve us. Rather than the opposite. Which is us serving technology.

Re:A panapoly of concerns (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286994)

Removing the battery instead of turning it off or into quiet mode? One cellphone = an oil tanker of energy when there are probably around 5 billion of them right now? And all trasmitting all the time, sort of.

Ehhh...

One other thing... (1)

Skuld-Chan (302449) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286602)

I run a bunch of labs at a community college lately (hey things are tough all over), and one thing I've noticed is people love to talk at the top of their voice when on the cell phone - that's annoying in a study hall.

Re:One other thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32287164)

Post signs to use the cell phones on vibrate and outside of the lab.

Other languages? (2, Insightful)

by (1706743) (1706744) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286612)

So if I hear someone yapping away in a different tongue (one which I don't speak), then I won't find it annoying?

They are annoyiong (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32286614)

when
1) they are happening somewhere that a regular conversation shouldn't be (i.e. theatre while movie is playing)
2) they are happening while on the road, and the driver is noticeably swerving.

Hemilogue (3, Insightful)

Mutatis Mutandis (921530) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286684)

Surely half a monologue is a hemilogue?

If one must invent neologisms, then at least it should be done properly. It's the only thing people are going to remember from this 'research'.

Re:Hemilogue (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32287076)

That would be half a dialogue. But I agree that hemilogue is the best choice: it is an acceptable elision, more pronounceable than hemidialogue. Halfalogue is the misbegotten bastard of a Germanic prefix with a Greek root, and should never be written or uttered again. The only "scientist" quoted in TFA, a psych graduate student who coauthored the paper, evidently neglected her classical education.

Baloney (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32286720)

Oh baloney. That's like saying "you're mind starts working harder trying to fill-in the "other" conversation that you can't hear so your mind works harder, leading to annoyance. That just means you are nosey.
Face it, some people just get annoyed very easily. I could care less if someone is talking on a cell phone.

Tim 'Ere! (1)

turgid (580780) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286808)

'Allo mate! Tim 'ere! Yeah, I've been off on 'oliday. Yeah.

Was down in Spain on me bike. Lovely weather, mate, but I was sayin' to the wife, we went up in the mountains on this mowtaway, three thaasand feet and it only bloody started snowin' IN SPAIN IN MAY!!!!

You know that snow and bikes don't mix, well, I was doin' 5 miles an owa...

Yeah, and them when we got daaahn to the plain, it TURNED TO RAIN mate!!!! Rain in Spain on the PLAIN!!!

No matter what language... (0, Flamebait)

polyomninym (648843) | more than 3 years ago | (#32286952)

I ride a commuter bus to and from Redmond,WA and Seattle, and on a daily basis I hear multiple cellphone conversations. No matter what language they are in, they piss me off. I plug my ears up with nice plug-style earphones, listen to music, and still hear the chattering. Message to all on the 545: STFU and wait until you are off the bus to chatter constantly. It's got less to do with language in my case, but you get the picture.

WHY does this happen? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32287008)

I believe when you hear someone speak (especially if they ask a question) and then pause for a few seconds, you realize they're waiting for a response. If they were talking to someone else, presumably you'd hear the response right away. But because there's no response, you reflexively think they're talking to someone who doesn't realize they're being talked to. Since you yourself didn't think they were talking to you, that automatically includes YOU. So you reflexively check to see if that's true, getting your attention.

In other words, the delay from the other side of the conversation is what gets your attention reflexively.

Newhart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32287122)

I think their conclusions are crap. That was one of Bob Newhart's main routines to do the one-sided phone call. Funny and not annoying at all.

Intonation and the "pregnant pause" (4, Interesting)

martyb (196687) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287134)

The researchers have identified that a "halfalogue" is confusing, but I'd like to share another aspect I did not see addressed in the article. It's not just what is being said, it's also how it's being said.

In polite conversation there is a protocol, if you will, of how I speak to someone else. Tone of voice, intonation, and the like provide information in addition to the words that I use. When I have a question and ask someone for an answer, there's a change in the tone of my voice at the end and then a pause while I await the other person's answer. Kind of an out-of-band signaling system.

To complicate matters, there are times when I've daydreamed while someone was talking to me, and then all of a sudden I realize that I have been asked a question and they are waiting for my answer.

So, when I'm only hearing part of a conversation, and then there's this ... pause ... there's a part of me that thinks "OMG, did I zone out and they are waiting for me to respond?" Since I do NOT hear the other side of the conversation, I get confusing inputs. Audio inputs suggest I should say something; visual inputs say it's not for me.

I need investors (1)

birukun (145245) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287194)

I have this idea for making cell phone conversations private in public places. Simply, a glass box with a door on it that you can step into to make phone calls. I will call it a ...... phone booth.....

I can put them everywhere but need money to get started - paypal me some $$ to get in on this killer deal!

It's not just cellphones (1)

Striek (1811980) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287202)

Seems to me this applies to any phone conversation, not just cell phones. Hearing half of a loud conversation at the desk next to you is really no less annoying than if they're using a cell phone. Just with cell phones, I can't leave that problem at the office anymore.

but you know what? (1)

milkmage (795746) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287210)

I tend not to care if they're not speaking English (or a language that I speak). does that make me a nosy motherfucker?
anybody else experience the same?

Halfalogue? Really! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32287220)

Perhaps a monologue or even a demilogue but really a halfalogue?

Why are they so annoying? (1)

Trentula (1684992) | more than 3 years ago | (#32287248)

They don't bother me in the least bit, and if I'm in a public place, the street, a bus, or a train, I expect there to be noise.
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